Wagner Law Group is a nationally recognized practice in the areas of
ERISA and employee benefits, estate planning, employment, labor and
human resources and investment management.
in 1996, The Wagner Law Group is dedicated to the highest standards
of integrity, excellence and thought leadership and is considered to
be amongst the nation's premier ERISA and employee benefits law
firms. The firm has seven offices across the country, providing
unparalleled legal advice to its clients, including large, small and
nonprofit corporations as well as individuals and government entities
worldwide. The Wagner Law Group's 29 attorneys, senior benefits
consultant and four paralegals combine many years of experience
in their fields of practice with a variety of backgrounds. Seven
of the attorneys are AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
and six are Fellows of the American
College of Employee Benefits Counsel, an invitation-only
organization of nationally recognized employee benefits
lawyers. Seven of the firm's attorneys have been
named to the prestigious Super
Lawyers list for 2017, which highlights outstanding
lawyers based on a rigorous selection process.
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Medicare Part A Deductibles and Part B Premiums
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") has
announced the Medicare Part A deductibles and Part B premiums for
2018. Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital and hospice care,
while Part B covers outpatient services such as doctors' visits.
A deductible for inpatient hospital expenses will be $1,340 in 2018,
a $24 increase over the prior year. For the 61st through 90th day of
hospitalization, the per diem coinsurance cost will be $335, while
hospital stays over 90 days will cost $670 per day. Daily coinsurance
for the 21st to 100th day in a skilled nursing facility will cost
$167.50 in 2018.
standard Medicare Part B monthly premium for 2018 remains, for most
individuals, at $134. As required by the Medicare Modernization Act,
single beneficiaries with incomes over $85,000 and married couples
with incomes of over $170,000 will pay a higher Part B premium, based
on a sliding scale.
beneficiaries who were "held harmless" against Part B
premium increases in prior years will have a Part B premium increase
in 2018, but the premium increase will be offset by the increase in
their Social Security benefits. Medicare Part B enrollees who are not
subject to the "hold harmless" provision include
beneficiaries who: do not receive Social Security benefits; enroll in
Part B for the first time in 2018; are directly billed for their Part
B premium; are dually eligible for Medicaid and have their premium
paid by state Medicaid agencies; or who pay the income-related
premium mentioned above. These groups represent approximately 30
percent of the total Part B beneficiaries.
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